DUFA , short for Deutsche Unrenfabrik is a brand producing mainly Bauhaus inspired timepieces in many different styles and varieties. They pay tribute to the great bauhaus era where it originated in Germany with some unique deisgns and original style cues. Today, I have the Dufa Bayer automatic in a gold tone to take a closer look at and give you my thoughts on the watch.
The case on the 9016-03 is comprised of stainless steel and IP plated in a yellow gold tone. It measures 40MM in diameter and is rather thin at 10MM thick. The kettle shaped case is highly polished all around and has short lugs which really makes the Bayer present itself as a true 40MM timepiece. The 20MM lug width is definitely suffice for the rest of the dimensions and looks in tune with the case. The watch is water resistant to 5 atm or 50M which is typical
for this style of dress watch, and one should certainly not swim while wearing it.
The dial is clean, legibile, and as bauhaus as it gets. The white dial certainly stands out in contrast to the yellow gold case and pops a bit at first glance. Thin applied gold
numerals surround the dial and almost appear to be hovering over the circular cutout we get on this dial. The large DUFA applied shield allows symmetry with the addition of the circular date window at 6:00 which contains black numerals and a white background to match the dial color. Moving outwards, the slightly sloped chapter ring displays 0-60 fine minute markings where easy time reading. The blue hands and sweeping seconds hand are also a nice touch. One thing I noticed is that there is no counter balance on the seconds hand allowing for a cleaner, bauhaus look. “Made in Germany”’is also printed below the 6:00 position to show this watch was assembled/produced in Germany. Lastly, the dial is covered by a domed Sapphire crystal as well as the exhibition caseback, which is expected at this pricepoint.
DUFA has watches at all different pricepoints using different movements. This watch , the Bayer retails at $800 USD converted
from Euros and contains a very nice Swiss Made Selitta SW200-1 automatic self winding movement. You can expect around 38 hours of power reserve and a beat rate of 4 hertz. The movement itself contains 26 jewels and is a big competitor to the ETA 2824. I did notice through the exhibition caseback DUFA added a custom rotor and it looks quite good in my opinion. I have seen the Selitta SW200 offered in watches from brands such as ORIS, down to microbrands. The SW200 gets the job done and keeps fairly accurate time.
The quick release genuine calf leather strap is quite luxurious and supple. It also comes equipped with quick release pins and custom curved ends so the watch sits straight on the wrist. I have experienced a few DUFA watches in my time at Watch Addict and the straps are always of very good quality, so no complaints there. The buckle contains the DUFA shield signature and is plated to match the case.
Furthermore, the Bayer certainly is a well constructed timepiece and does fill a niche sector in the watch industry. While other brands producing bauhaus styled german watches with equivalent movements and components are priced a bit steeper than the $800 USD pricetag of the Bayer, it is still reasonably priced for todays market. I do love the classic, clean, elegant, and versatile styling of the 9016 and can definitely
reccommend it to my readers. I have left a link below where you can check DUFA out.